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For Immediate Release 
April 11, 2005
Contact: Jim Henderson, Maine State Archivist

Maine History Day Winners Announced
Forty Students Eligible for National Finals

AUGUSTA , MAINE -- Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and Maine Archivist Jim Henderson announced on Monday that forty Maine students have qualified to participate in the National History Day academic competition this June in Maryland. Qualifying students were selected at the state finals of Maine History Day in Augusta on April 7th.

“Maine History Day is a unique event. It enables students to showcase their knowledge of history and gain recognition for going above and beyond traditional classroom assignments. This program brings out the best in Maine students, and I’m pleased that 40 are now eligible to represent our state at the National Finals,” Secretary Dunlap commented.

More than 100 students in grades 6-12 took part in the state finals. In addition to Dunlap and Henderson, students heard from Governor John E. Baldacci, who majored in history at the University of Maine. The speakers congratulated participants for their creativity, initiative and scholarship.

Prior to the state finals, participating students selected and explored a broad historical theme. They prepared papers, projects or presentations for the statewide competition. Those entries were then reviewed by panels of expert judges, with awards presented to the top three selections in 12 separate categories.

The first and second finishers in each category became eligible for the National Finals to be held June 12-16, 2005 at the University of Maryland. A complete list of winners accompanies this press release.

Maine National History Day is organized by the Maine State Archives and Office of the Secretary of State in cooperation with the National History Day program, which engages approximately 700,000 students nationwide each year. Additional information is available online at


Junior      Historical Paper

1 Right Under Their Noses: The Navajo Code Talkers

Bonny Eagle Middle School
Stacy Sullivan

2 Communication Through the Underground Railroad
         Also: Civil War Award
Loranger Middle School
Alexa Zahares
3 Nixon-Kennedy Debates Loranger Middle School
Madeleine Brodeur

Junior     Group Documentary  

1 The Diary of Anne Frank: A Single Voice of Communication

Skowhegan Area Middle School
Ellen Alsop
Daniel Kyes

2 Witness to Tragedy: Understanding the Communication of Pearl Harbor Skowhegan Area Middle School
Annastasia Kranz
Nathaniel Tims
3 Communication in History: The Underground Railroad and its Leaders Skowhegan Area Middle School
Amy Abbott
Charlotte Beach


Junior     Individual Documentary

1 Let the Beat Go On: The Beats and Their Effect on Communication

Skowhegan Area Middle School
Evan LeBrun

2 Emma Goldman & Communicating to Women in History Bonny Eagle Middle School
Shannon Nicole Jacobson
3 The Bill of Rights has Spoken: Addiction & Justice Skowhegan Area Middle School
Stephen Robert Furber Bachinski

Junior     Group Performance

1 The Life of Helen Keller

Loranger Middle School
Zack Chase
Amberlynn Esperanz
Ben Lampert
Heather Trask
Kayla Webb

2 Welcome to Sesame Street Loranger Middle School
Stefannie Emerson
Kellie Meloncon
Samantha Newton

Junior     Group Exhibit

1 World War II Communications

Brunswick Junior High School
Jasper Boyd
Will Brewster

2 Message In The Lights Brunswick Junior High School
Samantha Breitzman
Nate Nulle

Junior     Individual Exhibit

1 An Inside Perspective: American War Correspondence through History
     Also: Relevance for Today Award

Bonny Eagle Middle School
Andrea Ballute

2 Braille: Communication for the Blind Loranger Middle School
Paige Allen
3 Women's Suffrage: Seneca Falls, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott Loranger Middle School
Ashley Johnson

Senior     Historical Paper  

1 Secrets Best Unkept: The Covert Communications Surrounding Pearl Harbor

Scarborough High School
Emily Shinay

2 The Pony Express: Communications Across America Bonny Eagle High School
Casey McKague
3 Can Specially Trained Dogs Help Autistic Children Communicate? Homeschooled
Laila Sholtz-Ames

Senior     Group Documentary

1 Communication in History: Combat Cameramen

Skowhegan Area High School
Robert Davis
Steven Mess
Matt Walker
Joel Wing

2 Deaf in Communication Scarborough High School
Samantha Bergeron
Alex Hennings
3 Black Plague Cheverus High School
Eric Cooke
Jay Gobeil

Senior     Individual Documentary

1 A Titanic Miscommunication

Skowhegan Area High School
Kathleen Wilber

2 Nazi Propaganda: Communication through Distortion Scarborough High School
Saerim Park
3 Ancient Greek Military Communication: An Animated Documentary Cheverus High School
Myles Wirth

Senior     Individual Performance

1 Themistocles on the "Wooden Wall"

Cheverus High School
Louis Girlando

2 Alan Turing: Modern Pioneer of Communication Skowhegan Area High School
Brian Pratt

Senior     Group Exhibit  

1 A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words - An Era in Photographs

Bonny Eagle Middle School
Griffin Sherry
Kimberly Simonsen

2 The Underground Railroad: Communicating the Way to Freedom Scarborough High School
Lindsey Libby
Andrea Ouellette
3 Nazi Communication Through Propaganda: The Key to Control Scarborough High School
Trevor Toohey
Brendan Toohey

Senior    Individual Exhibit  

1 The Origins of Rock: The Musical Genealogy of the King

Bonny Eagle Middle School
James Hanley

2 Communication: The Key to Understanding Political Cartoons in American History Scarborough High School
Katharine McDonald
3 Communicating the Need for a Revolution: The Seneca Falls Convention Bonny Eagle High School
Jessica MacDonald

Maine History Award

Traditional Values Portrayed Through Postcards in Early 1900's in Comparison with Images of Today

Gorham High School
Glenn Connolly
Abigail Cuffy
Joseph Malone
Ashley Towle